Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 9, 2020

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.

Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times nightlife listings for abundant source material!


Even in the Before Time, I was rarely one to go out to a crowded bar. Unless I was playing–then I was there early and stayed through the last song. I miss live music. I miss group singing. I hope they come back in a safe way. Fortunately, band names are durable and I have a ready supply from over nine years of weekly blogs. If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Haunted Summer

(January 9, 2016) Unexpected and poetic. It takes quite a spook to haunt anything as bright and shiny as summer.

Sorrow’s Edge

(February 21, 2015) Dark poetry in two words. I like that edge can imply a border or a blade, and it makes sense either way.

The Story So Far

(March 16, 2013) The writer in me is drawn to the implication of narrative.


(April 25, 2015) Create your ideal world, right here, right now. The realm of God is at hand.

Too Close to Touch

(February 27, 2016) Blows the mind. I think quantum physics must be involved.


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